Abba and Soda in role swap
THERE’S been a changing of the guard at Channel 7 with veteran sports presenter Bruce Abernethy taking a step back in 2019.
He’ll be handing over the weekday reins to offsider Mark Soderstrom from Mondays to Thursdays and taking over Mark’s role as weekend sports presenter as well as presenting on Fridays.
“I’ve been so extraordinarily lucky to have been with Seven News since my playing days, starting over the summer of 1990 and being on air since 1992, while still playing footy,” says Bruce, 56, a former North Melbourne, Collingwood and Adelaide star.
“That’s a very long time, and I’ve always been a big believer in succession planning in any good business and this is no different.
“To be able to hand over progressively to ‘Soda’ is perfect timing and well deserved to him.”
Mark, 48, who will no doubt be set for a big year as he juggles the new gig with his breakfast radio job at Mix 102.3, says he’s “been able to learn from the best in the business over the past 15 years” since joining Seven in 2004.
“Abba’s the skipper of our sports team and when he made the call to cut back his time at the desk I felt privileged that he endorsed me to step up,” he says.
Mark, a former Sturt, Glenelg and North Adelaider player, will also be stepping up to MC The Advertiser Foundation’s ever-popular Ladies Day, which has moved from the Superloop 500 track to the Hilton Adelaide this year, on February 28.
The event will include performances from Michael Falzon, who is currently performing alongside Tina Arena in Evita at the Melbourne Arts Centre as well as the stars of The Book of Mormon.
Popular Supercars driver James Courtney will also be a special guest, with an Adelaide Fashion Festival presentation. Proceeds support The Epilepsy Centre and Can: Do4Kids.
For tickets, phone Angela Condous on 8206 2344 or email angela.con[email protected] com.au
TEAM PLAYERS: Bruce Abernethy and Mark Soderstrom are switching roles at Channel 7.